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Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool lost control against Salzburg

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Jurgen Klopp conceded that Liverpool simply lost control after blowing a three-goal lead during their thrilling 4-3 Champions League win over RB Salzburg.

After Napoli defeated them last time out, Klopp’s Liverpool side claimed their first points in Group E following a gruelling encounter with Salzburg on Wednesday.

The European champions got off to a dream start at Anfield by racing in a three-goal lead. All of those goals came within the opening 36 minutes courtsey of Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah.

But Salzburg didn’t throw in the towel and completed a spectacular comeback in the second half following goals from Hee-Chan Hwang, Takumi Minamino and Erling Haaland.

Just nine minutes after Haaland’s equaliser, however, Salah spared Liverpool’s blushes by scoring again to hand the hosts all three points.

“It’s better to learn the lessons during the game than talk about it after it,” Reds boss Klopp told BT Sport.

“I thought we were outstanding in the first 30 minutes, then the Salzburg system changed and we lost the ball so that caused us problems.

“The momentum changed and it was really difficult to get a foot in the game. We had to wait until they had scored the third goal, then we were able to strike back.

“I’m not angry. I saw us play really well and try hard to get back into the game and score a really nice goal. You don’t need to score six or seven goals.”

Klopp added: “[Salzburg] are a good side but the first 30 minutes we made it really difficult for them and played outstanding. I told the boys they want to enjoy the whole night and they will fight back.

“This is group is really difficult but we wanted the three points and now it’s game on.”

Liverpool will return to Champions League action on October 23 away to Belgian side Genk at the Luminus Arena.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 02: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores his sides fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool FC and RB Salzburg at Anfield on October 02, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)